The band has performed as a trio, including singer, guitarist and songwriter Gordon Gano, bassist Brian Ritchie, and four drummers: Victor De Lorenzo (1980–1993, 2002–20), Guy Hoffman (1993–2002), Brian Viglione (2013–2016), and John Sparrow (2016-present).
Violent Femmes have released nine studio albums and fifteen singles during the course of their career.
Album sales: 1,000,000 First release date: April 1983 The debut studio album from the Violent Femmes.
Since then, Violent Femmes' popularity continued to grow, especially in the United States where the songs "Nightmares" and "American Music" cracked the top five on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.
Violent Femmes was founded by bassist Brian Ritchie and percussionist Victor De Lorenzo following the demise of the initial wave of American punk rock, and became a full-fledged band upon the arrival of lead vocalist and guitarist Gordon Gano.
Chris Woodstra of Allmusic noted that the fans of the band's early days would "appreciate the slightly stripped-back acoustic production".
Shortly after Prince's sudden and tragic death early this afternoon, On Milwaukee met up with Milwaukee musician (and On Milwaukee contributor) Victor De Lorenzo, who had a fun story and a few thoughts to share about the late musical icon. Victor De Lorenzo: Well, the one incredible Prince story I have to relay is the time when the Violent Femmes were in Los Angeles, and we were working on a record that eventually became "Why Do Birds Sing?
One of the most distinctive records of the early alternative movement and an enduring cult classic, Violent Femmes weds the geeky, child-man persona of Jonathan Richman and the tense, jittery, hyperactive feel of new wave in an unlikely context: raw, amateurish acoustic folk-rock.